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. back to our top story. all eyes on washington where president obama will meet with congressional leaders to make one more attempt to craft a deal to avert looming tax hikes and spending cuts. with most of the hoist members on vacation until sunday night, no plan in sight. how much can actually be accomplished. susan fereccio joins us now. chief congressional correspondent for the "washington examiner". we're seeing dianne feinstein there on the senate floor. it is vacant on the house side. so in truth how much is really going to get done? >> well, gregg, a lot of this negotiations are really taking place between the leadership levels right now. we don't really have to worry about what is happening on the house floor. it's about what is going on at the white house. now, the president today is going to meet with congressional leaders from both parties, both chambers. they will sit down. they will talk about a potential deal. the president might offer something that maybe the republicans could go for. it wouldn't be a sweeping deal. gregg: like what? >> might be something smaller. w
to the white house this afternoon to meet there with president obama. lawmakers are increasingly looking at the period following the december 31st deadline we're told to come up with a fix to avoid massive tax hikes and spending cuts, affect lives of nearly every american many economists say could plunge the economy into another recession. chief white house correspondent ed henry live with the latest. so in this meeting, ed, is there any hope they will accomplish anything? >> reporter: well it is pretty low expectations, jon. what we're expecting when you talk to top officials of both parties the president will offer a scaled back plan, something he laid out lines friday before christmas here in the white house briefing room before he went to hawaii. where he said look, we have to scale back expectations. basically just extend middle class tax cuts. don't worry about the rates for everyone else. secondly extend unememployment insurance for about two million people who will be losing it a few days from now at the end of the year. finally he refer to possibility of smaller bit ever spendin
's the amount coming in. i want to ask but this, second term, because president obama yesterday on "meet the press" was asked about this question, what does he think his top priority is for his second term? and he said immigration reform is his top priority. listen. >> so what is your single priority of the second term? what is the equivalent to health care? >> well, there are a couple of things that we need to get done. i've said that fixing our broken immigration system is a top priority. i will introduce legislation in the first year to get that done. i think we have talked about it long enough. >> clayton: obviously a huge thing that needs to get done. should that be his top priority? what about jobs. >> juliet: a top priority. >> he didn't really say that. he said it was a priority. >> clayton: he said that before he got elected the first time. >> right. and it is a top priority. and the republicans ought to take the lead. they have to get smart. they can not have what happened to them with immigration and other issues sabotage their elections. you look at what's going on and frankl
for americans. also extending on unemployment. here is what president obama had to say on that point on "meet the press." take a listen. >> i was modestly optimistic yesterday but we don't yet see an agreement. now the pressure is on congress to produce. if they don't, what i have said is that in the senate, we should go ahead and introduce legislation that would make sure middle class taxes stay where they are. there should be an up and down vote. everybody should have the right to vote on it. if republicans don't like it, vote no. i think there's a majority support to make sure they are held. >> two points. first, he is saying if it passes the senate, he's calling on house speaker boehner to put his back up proposal to a vote. there's a big question over weather speaker boehner will do that. also, embedded in the president's answer there is a window into the white house and democrat strategy, to leave republicans holding the ball at the end of the process if the legislation goes down for defeat, it will go down for defeat on their watch. in essence, adding to the pressure of them to get som
four days left and no deal in sight. that could change today, when president obama holds a meeting with all four congressional leader at the white house. we're not saying you should bet on it. let's bring in ron brownstein for "the national journal." >> good morning. >> good morning. we're talking about this whole idea of a fiscal cliff was absolutely not supposed to happen. >> this was a machine that the two sides built to give guy them more will power to do what they didn't want to do to begin with. which is compromise. they could not reach a deal to destabilize the federal government's long-term finances so they built this to put more pressure on themselves to reach a deal now. and even this does not seem to be enough to do it, to force them to make the difficult concessions that are required for the two sides to come together this is indignant of a broader problem we face of a red coalition and blue coalition that reflect very different visions of american and show less and less cooperation. we are looking at a dividing government for the next two years and more likely next fou
can'ts did not meet the demand for the extraordinary relief. president obama has consistently say that contraception is a private issue between her woman and her doctor and not a woman and her boss. >> we received a statement from the hobby lobby company saying that they will continue their appeal and reiterating that they don't have any intention of paying for the morning after pill. there is no precedent for this. it's not clear exactly, candy, how the irs will connect these fees. we're in brand-new territory. >> we are. there will be lot of things coming into play this year and nextear for health care. it's going to make for interesting news. thank you so much, lisa, appreciate it. >>> invisibility cloak made harry potter disappear. we'll show how the next generation of camouflage could do the same for u.s. troops. >>> and a dying mother leaves behind an emotional message to her young children and the world. we're all having such a great year in the gulf, we've decided to put aside our rivalry. 'cause all our states are great. and now is when the gulf gets even better. the beac
president obama i would be up on the hill. that's what president reagan would do. go up and meet the swing states, go to their afrsoffices, ask fo their vets. susan collins, mark warner on the democratic side. those are the folks that will provide the centrist core that we need to have a governing coalition in this country so we can move forward. >> let's talk about how consumers will be affect the here. the federal reserve is currently keeping rates at historic lows trying to encourage boroughing's if we go over the cliff, right now banks are hardly lending as much it's a they really should be. what epps can lse can be done t banks to loan, especially if we do go over the cliff? >> you make deposits, make loans. into a certain economy, at low rates, that's a challenges thing. it does make you risk. i think you know -- i actually think letting rates bump up a little bit. let the market determine, and i think the market would put the rates up a little bit, it could actually help lending. it's counter intuitive, and i think more borrowers will come in if they thought rates would go up. i don
it? we keep talking about the meetings betweenby ma and boehner, one of which hasn't happened in a few days but it really isn't a deal between obama and boehner. those two guys say what they want, boehner goes back to his caucus and can't get a deal. >> that's why a bipartisan majority is absolutely necessary, if the senate bill is brought to a vote on the house floor, it will be passed by a majority of democrats and some republicans, but the speaker wasted last week on a bill that had no prospect of success, in fact never even was brought to a vote and now we're down to the last few days. the deal to extend these tax cuts on everyone's first $250,000 of income, remember it's benefits people who earn more than $250,000 because it extends tax cuts on their first $250,000. so somebody earning $300,000 or $350,000 in connecticut will benefit from it. >> senator, ron brownstein wants to ask a question. >> let me play devil's advocate when the tax cuts were passed in 2001 virtually every democrat in the house and senate voted against them. why do you think it's appropriate to perma
. they saved my life and the life of four others who were at that meeting. gregg: another fox news alert. this new development in the fight over the fiscal crisis as lawmakers head home for the holidays. there are reports president obama is scaling back his hope for a sweeping budget bargain with republicans. welcome to a brand new hour of "america live". i'm gregg jarrett. heather: i'm heather childers. we're in for megyn kelly. the president reportedly looking to strike a smaller deal that would extend tax cuts for the middle class without tackling spending cuts as reports surfaced that the president hasn't spoken with speaker boehner since he expressed his frustration at a news conference on friday. take a listen. >> we passed a bill to stop all the tax hikes on the american people scheduled to take effect january the 1st and we did that on august the 1st. and we proposed plans over and over again that democrats used to support but now they won't. heather: chief white house correspondent ed henry is live for us in honolulu. that is where the president ising christmas with his family.
the key negotiators mitch mcconnell on the republican side and harry reid on the democratic side to meet with respective senators at 3:00 p.m. this afternoon and should hear whether they feel like they have a deal or are still is struggling and perhaps have to go to president obama's plan c. shannon? >> shannon: we'll stand by. we know you are on it. mike emanuel on capitol hill. thanks. you are now looking live at the senate floor where a session is underway. the opening prayer there now being carried out asking for are wisdom and guidance for senators as they have a lot of work potentially ahead. shortly we should have is opening remarks from the majority leader, of course, senator are harry reid and then mitch mcconnell also expected. maybe first clues as to whether or not they hammered anything out. they complete the pledge now and then it is back to business. we'll keep you updated with any development there's. we have been asking you today to give us your input on a fiscal cliff. there are some lawmakers who say going over the cliff may actually be a food thing. do you agree or dis
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